There’s nothing more British than the great tradition of afternoon tea. Steaming hot cuppas, savoury delights and tasty treats are the perfect remedy to a chilly day, and what better way to spend quality time with family than by indulging in a decadent afternoon out?
Whether you’re looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift or ideas for a cosy afternoon out, our roundup of some of the UK’s top regional afternoon teas is just the ticket! We’ve gone off the beaten track of big city hotels in favour of hidden gems near our holiday parks.
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Fleur de Thé, Kent
If you’re heading on holiday in Kent, a stop at Fleur de Thé in Rochester is essential on the itinerary. This unique and cosy teahouse offers a touch of French elegance served up with a dash of shabby chic quirk. With a fabulous selection of cakes and scones presented on delicate and colourful porcelain, as well as a range of gifts and homeware to browse, it’s the ideal place to catch up with family and friends or even pick up a last minute Mother’s Day gift.
You’ll be able to choose from a range of afternoon teas, including traditional, luxury and even a chocolate afternoon tea – featuring homemade chocolate chip scones served with Belgian chocolate ganache. All feature freshly prepared sandwiches and scones. There’s also a daily selection of freshly baked cakes to choose from if you’re craving something sweet. You’ll even find a children’s afternoon tea menu, with cheese and ham sandwiches – sure to be a hit, even with the fussiest of eaters, making it a perfect spot for family lunch.
Image courtesty of Fleur de Thé
LoveBrew Café, Yorkshire
A classic British seaside holiday doesn’t get much sweeter than Scarborough – that is, until you’ve been to LoveBrew Café. Tucked away, just steps from the sights and sounds of Scarborough’s lively sea front and harbour, this quaint little café packs a big punch when it comes to tasty treats. And, at just over 10 minutes’ drive from Cayton Bay Holiday Park, it’s an absolute must if you’re staying nearby.
With a changing daily menu, LoveBrew serves up hearty savoury dishes, freshly baked cakes and, of course, afternoon tea. Baked fresh on the premises, using locally sourced ingredients – LoveBrew Café’s sweet delights have gained quite a following on their Facebook page, and it’s easy to see why! With gluten free options available too, it’s the ideal stop off for a warm cuppa and slice of cake after a morning spent walking the beach.
Image courtesy of LoveBrew Café
The Camel Trail Tea Garden, Cornwall
When it comes to afternoon tea in the South West, the scuffle for the prize of best cream tea is hotly debated between Cornwall and Devon. That being said, no list of top afternoon teas would be complete without including the Cornish classic. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to cream teas in Cornwall, however, The Camel Trail Tea Garden offers so much more than just tea and scones.
Situated half way along North Cornwall’s 18 mile camel trail, this disused railway line passes spectacular scenery, making it incredibly popular with walkers and cyclists. All that exercise works up an appetite, and The Camel Trail Tea Garden is just the remedy! Set in the beautiful apple orchard with garden terraces and picnic benches, this relaxing haven is a feast for the eyes, too.
Indulge in a traditional cream tea with freshly baked scones, smothered in jam and clotted cream, or if you’re extra hungry – why not go for the Cornish High Tea Special, complete with miniature crab sandwiches and Cornish pasties as well as a selection of tempting homemade cakes. If you’re staying at nearby St Minver Holiday Park, a day out along The Camel Trail is an absolute must.
Image courtesy of The Camel Trail Tea Garden
Holden Clough Nursery, Lancashire
Holden Clough Nursery is sure to be a hit with green fingered mums. Situated in the spectacular Lancashire countryside, just 15 minutes from Todber Valley Holiday Park, this garden centre has specialised in Alpine plants since 1927! Now offering a wide range of perennials, shrubs and climbing plants it’s a great place to get some garden inspiration or pick up some greenery to decorate your holiday home’s veranda if you’re lucky enough to own your own caravan at Todber Valley.
As well as plants galore, you’ll also find Holden Clough Nursery is home to the Garden Kitchen, known locally for their delicious picnic style afternoon teas. Prepared using locally sourced ingredients and served up on a miniature picnic bench – the Garden Kitchen prepares a changing seasonal menu of tasty savoury and sweet treats. Recent miniature delights have included breaded brie wedges, truffle stuffed mushrooms and red velvet flowerpot cupcakes.
Image courtesy of Holden Clough Nursery
The Running Fox Bakery, Northumberland
Northumberland’s Running Fox Bakery is a North East institution when it comes to afternoon tea – famed across the region for its hearty portions and distinctly Northern twist. You won’t find any dinky finger sandwiches or miniature cupcakes here!
Instead, this artisan bakery serves up a choice of delicious sandwiches on freshly baked bread, from bacon, brie and cranberry to roast beef and stilton, the selection is guaranteed to tantalise your taste buds. And if that doesn’t fill you up, the generous slice of pie or quiche to follow is sure to hit the spot – not forgetting the enormous wedge of delicious cake to top it off. To wash it down, you’ll be served endless tea and coffee, it’s the perfect way to unwind after a walk through Northumberland’s stunning countryside. A visit is a must if you’re holidaying with us on the beautiful Northumberland Coast.